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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: February 01, 2023, 08:31:20 pm »
It has turned quite cold here. Not complaining.
Yesterday collected another lot from storage. More stuff for Vinnies I think. The storage unit is now 3/4 empty.
Joiner coming tomorrow to measure up the shelves for drawers and look at turning a bedroom into a library/ study. I canít reach the back of the shelves and canít find ingredients when I want to cook. I want to use the TMX 6 more but donít want to start experimenting until I can easily find ingredients. My consultant said she will come and get me started again.
Also got the name of a picture hanger. Big decisions to be made as to what to keep and hang and what to discard.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: February 01, 2023, 08:14:55 pm »
DD coming for dinner tonight. Meatballs in tomato veggie sauce, rice stuffed capsicum, salads. Baked apples.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 01, 2023, 08:11:59 pm »
Yesterday made yogurt. Too much again for yogurt container so set leftovers again in oven. Warmed oven to 50 degrees. Poured yogurt into a plastic container. Switched off oven heat but left light on. Placed container on shelf. It set in the same time as that in yogurt machine. 8 hours.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 30, 2023, 08:20:48 pm »
Made the Portuguese loaf again, this time in the large loaf tin. Forgot it was in the oven and didnít hear the timer. Bottom a bit browner but otherwise ok.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 30, 2023, 08:11:51 pm »
Oh Mab, I feel for you. I pop my shelves in the dishwasher and then scrub them in the sink. The dish washer softens anything thatís stuck to them.
Still unpacking.
Ral has finished the shelves in the garage. Now I can place my appliances where I can see them.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 30, 2023, 08:01:03 pm »
Duck breast with mashed pots and green beans. Mango

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 09:20:10 pm »
Thought Iíd put this in a separate post.
Inspired by Judyís garden. This is what I see when seated at the table.  From the left, tomatoes, parsley and basil, geraniums and clematis. All in pots, a mix of flower and veggies. I also have French beans and lettuce, chives and most herbs.
3 sides of our block has been planted with Bay bushes to act as a screen. Iíve pulled a couple out but will trim off the lower branches to make space for more pots.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 09:04:50 pm »
Need to make bread. ??? So many choices.  Will make SD crumpets for friends and freezer.
We are in for a cool week so may be able to find time to do some baking.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:54:00 pm »
Chicken tenderloin dipped in a very light SD batter and sweet corn, green beans steamed. Last night.
Grilled fish and AF chips, salad

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:48:43 pm »
Had a great day with DS. The doorbell he originally put in was faulty. We took it back to JB Hi Fi and it was replaced. Works well now. While there I did a little shopping. Bought, on DS recommendation, cads to slip into our iPhone wallets so they can be traced if lost. ( we have just spent 2 weeks looking for Rals phone . Finally found under car seat)  will last 2 years as has own battery. Issue with other tracing devices built into iPad is that if iPhone battery goes flat, you canít trace it.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:28:05 pm »
Wow, Cookie and Mab, 2 lovely loaves. Iíve just seen a recipe for a lemon cake that uses SD starter. Tempted to make one. Might make it into muffins and the I can have one and give rest away.
Cooking sweet corn, fish in SD batter and salad for lunch.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:20:08 pm »
Judy, both front and back look lovely.  Iím learning to garden in pots so Iím interested in what you are doing..
KAtie , great to see the kids getting ready for a new school year.
Today DS is coming up from Melbourne to again look at our internet, door bell and security. He shifts all the stuff around trying to find the best spot. He can monitor our internet from Melbourne so knows when itís not working properly. We tap away in ignorant bliss.
A/C worked well yesterday but lovely and cool today.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:36:09 pm »
Judy, you amaze and inspire me with how you keep trying. Although you have issues with taste and texture you still give it a go.
Cookie, that strange mango trifle I make could possibly change into strawberry or raspberry quite successfully.
Mab, sounds like your TMX scales canít be relied on. The success of the Portuguese loaf relies upon 2 things. The first is the proportion of water to flour and secondly the 40 minute hydration. Iíve tried messing about with both of these and the loaf isnít as good. The only trouble Iíve had is with the baking. Iím afraid my Euro oven is rubbish. Small cakes ok but bread burns and after 10 minutes I have to cover loaf with foil.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:11:55 pm »
We are having crumbed chicken and vegetables tonight. We get a respite from the 36į+ on Friday. Then on Saturday it goes back up to 36į.
Oh Cookie,  and I was thinking 29 here today was uncomfortable.
Spag Bol and salad.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:06:40 pm »
Thanks for the kind thoughts for Ral. He is having a full dose of this Chemo with blood tests every 2 weeks. His reaction is similar to when he was having the frequent infusions. Think it might be cumulative. It is a strange lifestyle we are living. Sometimes we eat lunch late afternoon. Then just fruit for dinner. Yesterday, roast chicken, chips and salad for lunch and just trifle for dinner.
Man coming today to check that the installation of blinds is possible.

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